Mining Engineer

Company Name: BLM


Title: Mining Engineer
Location: Rock Springs, WY

This position is located in the High Desert District, Rock Springs, WY Field Office. The Rock Springs Field Office manages over 3.6 million acres of public land surface and 3.5 million acres of public subsurface minerals in the southwestern part of Wyoming. The Field Office administers a variety of programs including mineral exploration and development, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, wild horses, livestock grazing, and historic trails. For information on the Rock Springs Field Office, please go to: Rock Springs Field Office. For information on the city of Rock Springs, please go to: Rock Springs, WY.

Physical Demands: Work is performed primarily in the office with field work requiring physical exertion associated with solid leasable minerals field activities. Field Work and Inspections require walking and driving a 4X4 vehicle over rough terrain in remote areas under widely adverse conditions.
Work Environment: Work is normally performed in an office setting with occasional field work. Field work may include walking or driving over rough terrain in all types of weather conditions. Field work will occur in active mines, both underground and surface.

Work Environment: Primarily office work requiring analysis and completion of engineering reports, etc. Field work is performed outdoors in widely varied and adverse weather conditions.

Duties listed are at the GS-12 level. Duties at the lower grades will be of less complexity and have more supervision.

This position focuses on leasable minerals, primarily coal and trona. The engineer has responsibility for engineering evaluation of coal and sodium leasing and other actions related to coal and trona development activities. Engineer also manages federal coal leases and other solid minerals leases. Duties are divided between pre-lease and post leasing activities. This position has operational responsibilities as well as program development for the solid mineral resource.


Minimum Qualifications: 

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the positive education AND the specialized experience requirements – please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, thisexperience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

To meet the education requirement for the 0880 Mining Engineer you must have A. a degree in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics OR B. Combination of education and experience – college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. One of the following must demonstrate the adequacy of such background: Professional registration – Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board’s eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. Written Test–Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

To qualify for the GS-09 you must meet the education requirement above AND have: one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 in the federal service; two years graduate level education or a master’s degree; or an equivalent combination of experience and education. Specialized experience for the GS-09 Mining Engineer: Assisting in minerals exploration, development and production activities such as preparing/reviewing exploration plans or plans for the extraction of minerals; determine mineral reserves, inspect mining operations and reclamation activities To qualify for the GS-11 you must meet the education requirement above AND have: one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the federal service; three years graduate level education or a PhD degree; or an equivalent combination of experience and education. Specialized experience for the GS-11 Mining Engineer: Developing mine plans; performing cost analysis considering equipment, labor, maintenance expenses; integrating coal-leasing activities into a multiple use land program; interpreting coal policy and regulations independently – considering established procedures, and recognizing potential conflicts between laws and policy.

Must become a certified Mineral Mine Inspector (MMI)and be a mentor to those going through the certification process.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

This position has a positive education requirement. You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades. In addition to meeting the education requirement, applicants may qualify for this position based on experience, Graduate level education or a combination of experience and education. Education must be directly related to the work of the position.


Desired Majors: Mining Engineering

Position Type: Full-time Employment

Hours per week:  40+
Salary & Benefits:  $49,765 to $78,270 / per year

Application Process:

Application Deadline: 7/27/2017